Schools

Final session in free college planning series

College Connect continues its free Learn, Investigate, Fund, Transition, or L.I.F.T., workshop series from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Tempe Public Library. “Transition” is the topic for this final workshop in the series. It’s not necessary to have attended previous workshops, and attendees will be provided information and dates for what […]

Being on time for class helps build good habits for future

Being on time for class helps build good habits for future

By Michelle Hirsch “I’m late, I’m late—for a very important date. No time to say hello, goodbye. I’m late; I’m late; I’m late!” exclaims White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Apparently there are numerous “White Rabbits” running around town. One survey showed that 15 percent of people in the U.S. are consistently late to […]

Blended learning: Education by inspiration

Blended learning: Education by inspiration

Story by Michelle Hirsch Photo by Billy Hardiman With an alphabet soup of such terms as blended learning, fl ipped classrooms, oneto- one devices, critical thinking, connected math, achievement gap, PARCC assessments, brain breaks, STEM, STEAM, STEAMD—whoa! It seems one has to go back to school just to understand how students are learning in 2015. […]

Kyrene board advances boundary study

By Diana Whittle New boundaries for elementary schools in the Kyrene district have been approved, and the initial changes are expected to begin for the 2015-16 school year which starts in August. The changes passed in a 4-0 board vote on Nov. 13. The attendance realignments will be implemented over a three-year period, with the […]

Tempe High band program receives a $5,000 D-backs grant

By Michelle Hirsch Music can bring joy, stir emotions — and deliver a big check to Tempe High School. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, partnering with the University of Phoenix, selected Tempe High’s United Sound band program as one of 30 winning school programs to receive a $5,000 check in this year’s D-backs $150,000 School Challenge. […]

New year, new coach, new hopes

New year, new coach, new hopes

By Diana Whittle As the new head football coach at McClintock High School, Spencer Waggoner’s goal in the New Year is to bring a winning tradition back to the A+ rated school in Tempe. And, given his achievements as a former student athlete, Waggoner knows first-hand the formula for personal success. He’s also no stranger […]

School boards install 3 new members

School boards install 3 new members

By Diana Whittle Starting this month, the governing boards of the Kyrene Elementary and Tempe Union school districts will reflect a few position changes due to the elections held last November. Returning to the Kyrene board for her second, four-year term is Bernadette Coggins; newly elected to the board is Kristen Middleton. Current Kyrene Governing […]

Educators confront some of the coming year’s challenges,

By Michelle Hirsch Is Common Core really in jeopardy or is it here to stay? This seemed to be the No. 1 question posed to eight of the East Valley’s top educators at Tempe’s annual State of the Schools address. The answer seemed clear: Common Core, despite any political threats that may have emerged, won’t […]

$1.5 million renovation coincides with high-school district’s new focus on partnering with business

$1.5 million renovation coincides with high-school district’s new focus on partnering with business

By Michelle Hirsch Tempe, Chandler and Ahwatukee residents joined staff, students, elected officials and business partners for a gala ribbon-cutting celebration signifying the completion of a $1.5 million renovation project at offices of the Tempe Union High School District. District Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Baca joined Governing Board President Mary Lou Taylor, Vice President Moses Sanchez […]